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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,638

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Story 4, Reading 5. So why am I left with a "meh"?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-17

This book was full of lots of fascinating ideas, reasonably convincing science and good adventure. And yet as I neared the end of Part 1 of this series (if you are expecting a complete story in this book you will be disappointed...) I found myself feeling disconnected and not overly caring what happened next.

My overall experience of this book is that it's all head (not surprising I suppose given the storyline) and not a lot of heart. The stakes are all mental for Bob, even when they involve real lives. And the solutions are also all mental. Bob struggles to find his humanity throughout this book and I never quite felt he got there.

Further, while it's true that it's a "nerd fantasy" as others have said, this particular nerd apparently has no interest in anything that girls say or think. There is not a significant female character in the entire book, and there were plenty of opportunities to introduce one.

Regardless, the great books have heroes who must find a way to save their own souls before they can save the world. Without that key piece of the journey, it's all just mechanics. We Are Legion didn't have from my perspective, and it left me feeling, "meh."

Of course, it's just Part 1. I'm sure there are plenty of readers who will go along for the whole ride, and I have no doubt it will be a clever one. However, I believe this is my stop.

  • The Lightning Thief

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,039

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Lightning Theif

  • By Sara on 08-17-05

Decent story - distracting narration.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-05

The story itself was good - if predictable at several points. Not great literature, but a diverting read for a few summer afternoons. I enjoy young adult literatire, and while this doesn't compare to classics like Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy, or recent greats like Cornelia Funke's Inkheart, the story was entertaining enough.

However, I had a hard time not being completely irritated by the narrator. Generally I give myself over to the story, but I found myself thinking over and over that I wished someone else - anyone else - were narrating instead. Everything he reads is delivered in an over-earnest voice, like a child actor trying too hard to be super cute and precocious. His female voices are grating. And the worst offense was that in an attempt to give the male characters different voices, one of them - who could have been an interesting, complex character, instead sounds just like Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure; like a dim-witted surfer with a script in front of him.

To be fair, the reader's delivery may appeal more to children than adults. I mean, there must be some reason kids like Barney but adults can't stand him, right? And if it is appealing enough to children that it encourages them to love literature, then I suppose that's what really matters.

57 of 73 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,195

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

A Powerful, Unforgettable Novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-03

This book is stellar, poetic, intense, magical, engrossing, perceptive, original, imaginative, bizzare, touching, and epic in scale.

Defies classification: Part thriller, part mystery, part fantasy, part road trip, part horror, part history, part comedy and just damn fine storytelling.

I'll admit to not having listened to the audio version yet (it's still downloading), but I INHALED the book. It immediately grabbed my attention and I was whisked away to a different world. The story is by turns funny, disturbing, poignant, uplifing, and always entertaining. Full of powerful imagery, months after finishing it I still find that certain scenes or vingettes come back to me out of the blue.

This is a book that will pleasantly haunt you long after you finish it ... lingering in the recesses of your mind to reappearwhen you least expect it.

102 of 118 people found this review helpful